Judge to Rule on Sale of Los Angeles Clippers

As a judge prepares to determine if Shelly Sterling can sell her husband’s NBA team without his consent, a new doctor insists that Donald Sterling is mentally fit.

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on April 21, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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A judge will determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday and is expected to rule on a family-trust provision that would give Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling’s estranged wife, the right to sell the NBA team without her husband’s consent, Fox News reports

According to CNN, the terms of the trust regarding the team, co-owned by the couple, states that if one of the trustees is ruled mentally unfit, the remaining individual would be considered the sole trustee. Shelly Sterling has used this provision to her benefit, given that two doctors reported in May that her husband was mentally incapacitated and unable to perform the necessary functions as an owner of the Clippers and manager of the Sterling Family Trust, Fox notes.

However, as the case prepares to go before the judge, a new doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Cummings of the Cleveland Clinic, said that Donald Sterling was indeed mentally fit after an hourlong examination in Las Vegas over the weekend that was commissioned by Sterling’s attorneys, CNN reports. Cummings, a neurologist who is considered one of the leading dementia and Alzheimer’s specialists, said that the 80-year-old showed no signs of dementia or mental incompetence.

Whether this new diagnosis will have an effect on Shelly Sterling’s plans to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion (plus a lot of other perks) is yet to be determined.

According to Fox, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas, who will be hearing the case, said last week that the terms appeared so straightforward that he “could decide this case in five minutes.”

Read more at Fox and CNN.

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